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Monday, October 24, 2016

By John Monk, The State (Columbia, S.C.) (TNS)

COLUMBIA, South Carolina — An alleged manifesto of sorts purportedly belonging to accused Charleston killer Dylann Storm Roof surfaced Saturday on the Internet.

The manifesto is laden with racially inflammatory language.

Whether he wrote or posted the text himself is unverified as yet.

But there are fresh photographs that appear to be Roof.

The writer also describes why Charleston was chosen for the attacks.

“I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.”

In nearly all the photographs where his face is visible, Roof is serious and unsmiling.

In one photograph, he is sitting on a stool in a garden, surrounded by flowers, holding a Confederate flag in one hand and a .45 caliber handgun in the other.

Another photo is a closeup of a .45 caliber pistol and brass-colored bullets. The gun is similar to the one said to have been used in the executions of the nine black-American church members in Charleston last week.

In another photo, Roof is shown in a beach scene with the numbers “1488” written in the sand. In that photo, the “1” is partially obscured by a wave. In another photo, however, the numbers “1488” are visibly written in the sand above the wave line.

According to the Anti-Defamation League and other sources, the number “14” is a reference to what white supremacists call “the 14 words.” Those words are, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children” — words attributed to George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party.

The number “88” is shorthand for Heil Hitler — H being the eighth letter of the alphabet, according to the Anti-Defamation League and others.

In what appears to be a chilling 2,000-plus word manifesto, Roof tells why he believes blacks are inferior to whites, how they were happy when they lived under slavery and how whites need to take the country back. Blacks are “the biggest problem of America,” he writes.

Roof also targets Jews and Latinos, writing of Latinos that even though many are white, “They are still our enemies.” Of Jews, Roof writes, they are responsible for “agitation of the black race.”

As for patriotism, Roof writes, “I hate the sight of the American flag.”

Roof began to think about racial matters, he writes, after hearing about the 2012 incident in which George Zimmerman, a mixed-race Latino man, shot and killed a black youth, Trayvon Martin, at a gated community in Florida. Zimmerman was tried and found not guilty of second-degree murder.

After researching crimes that blacks commit against whites, Roof writes, he came to the conclusion that he had to go to Charleston.

Roof said he didn’t want “to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight.”

Consequently, as the world now knows, he shot black men, women and at least one child during a prayer group gathering at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

Some of the photos on the website, such as one of him pointing a handgun at the camera, Roof could have taken himself. Others, such as him kneeling on a beach, might have been taken by someone else currently unknown.

One image shows him at what appears to be a Lowcountry plantation. He is standing next to what could be educational African-American mannequins dressed in Colonial period costumes.

In another photo, a shirtless young man who is apparently Roof (his face is not part of the photo) stands on top of a rumpled American flag lying on a bedroom floor.

(c)2015 The State (Columbia, S.C.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

  • Grannysmovin

    “Racism isn’t born, folks, it’s taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list.” Dennis Leary

    • jmprint

      You are so right, One the first day of riding the school bus home, a little white boy comes up to me and tells me “We beat you in the Alamo”, I was just starting my first grade, my parents didn’t give us history lessons at such a young age, so I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about. I grew up and realized that was a racist remark. Little did that boy know that my ancestors fought right along his ancestors.

    • ralphkr

      I beg to differ, Grannysmivin, as I feel that racism is part of a vital survival trait. It stems from the fight of flight instinct. Our ancestors either ran from or killed what ever they encountered that was unknown to them. Those who did not do so are not our ancestors because the dead have no progeny. After all those without the instinct that creates racism did not survive long because when they saw a cave bear or tiger they tended to think, “Ooo, all warm an fuzzy. I’m going to cuddle up with it.” and that would quickly remove them from the gene pool.

      • Grannysmovin

        So we don’t advance as a civilization? We do differ sir and I believe we have made strides, but still have a way to go. I don’t believe people are born haters, they are taught to hate. Have a good evening.

        • ralphkr

          But, Grannysmovin, I said nothing at all about hate in my post nor did I address the thin veneer of civilization over our true instincts. People ARE born with instincts and one of those vital instincts is fear of the unknown. Racism is just another name for fear.

  • johninPCFL

    At what point do the know-nothings finally acknowledge that this was not an attack on Christianity?

    • Carolyn1520

      They know it but this was an opportunity for them to change the narrative to the imaginary “war on Christians” Graham was on The View the day after it happened and at the end of his blah, blah he made a comment about Christians having been under attack before. I knew then, they were going to try to spin this to fit in with their agenda.
      The racist shooter made it too difficult though for them to make it an easy sell. Now they just have no other option than to appear confused and quizzical about his motives.
      They don’t have a political party, they have a religious party that flies under the radar as the “patriotic tea party”. They’ve been using God and patriotism as props since they were called the Moral Majority. Everyone knows a religious party won’t fly so once invited into the GOP, they hijacked it because they couldn’t form a third party and have any traction. Those who aren’t focused on religion, white supremacists, para military and hate groups have joined the ranks because they all some of the same issues in common within the larger agenda.

  • jmprint

    “whites need to TAKE THE COUNTRY BACK. Blacks are “the biggest problem of America,” he writes.” . . . the Tea Party has been saying this all along, now I know what they meant.

  • phylin

    Why is Zimmerman called Latino when he is obviously German, unless his name is a lie..

    • ralphkr

      Really, phylin, you use a last name to ascertain ancestry? Zimmerman’s mother was Peruvian and his father an American with German ancestors. My former son-in-law had an Italian last name (from his step-father) but both of his parents were Latin Americans. Another thing to keep in mind that long before Hitler was born there was a massive migration of Germans to North and South American so there are a lot of Hispanics with German names just as there are a lot of Mexicans with Irish names after entire companies of Irish in the US Army went over to the Mexican side. Many from Ireland compared the US battle with Mexico with the UK vs. Ireland and they identified with Mexico during our invasion of Mexico